Survivor Series is the Pay-Per-View that saw the Undertaker pin Hulk Hogan for his first WWE championship. It’s the PPV that brought us the “Montreal Screwjob” when on Vince McMahon’s orders, referee Earl Hebner said Bret Hart submitted to Shawn Michaels’ sharpshooter when he did not. Would history be made again? (Chuckles to self.) No. Here’s what went down.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
Winner: The Miz via pinfall
5×5 Elimination Match:
Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio Jr, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso vs. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger
Winner: Roman Reigns
InterContinental Title Match:
Big E. Langston (c) vs. Curtis Axel
Winner: Big E. Langston via pinfall
7×7 Elimination Match:
Natalya, Naomi, Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, JoJo vs. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Summer Rae, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes
Winners: Natalya & Nikki Bella
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Winner: Mark Henry via pinfall
World Heavyweight Title Match:
John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Winner: John Cena via pinfall
Daniel Bryan & CM Punk vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Winners: Daniel Bryan & CM Punk via pinfall
WWE Title Match:
Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show
Winner: Randy Orton via pinfall
This is the fourth lackluster Pay-Per-View in a row for the WWE. It looked like they were going to give Daniel Bryan a chance at being the #1 face, but after screwing him out of the title three times, they pushed him aside, blamed him for the low buy-count for the PPVs, and they gave us Randy Orton vs. Big Show instead. Now when I say lackluster, that doesn’t mean there weren’t good matches, but overall, the booking has lacked creativity and surprise, and this was the worst main event of the year.
Survivor Series used to be one of the Big Four pay-per-views, but the powers that be haven’t been treating it like anything special. The opening match, a traditional Survivor Series match, was the best of the night. It gave all competitors a chance to showcase (except Dean), and it built up the credibility of sole survivor Roman Reigns, who’s going to be getting a big push over the next few months.
Ironically the worst match of the night was the other Survivor Series match, but there are a few reasons why. Half of the fourteen women involved in the match are bad wrestlers. The lines are blurred between face and heel lately, but this match was built solely around the E! channel reality show Total Divas. Now three of the seven on the show are heels, or were when the show started, but somehow they’re all considered good gals because they’re on this show that makes some of them actually less likable. Meanwhile all the WWE female wrestlers who don’t participate on the show are now heels, even though Kaitlyn was the face champ for most of the year.
The first few minutes were a flurry of eliminations. One move, you’re pinned. One move, you’re pinned. Some of the ones who actually have skill couldn’t showcase them because they were taken out so quickly. Once most of them were eliminated, then the match became more watchable.
The second worst match, though, was the main event. You never want “Boring!” chants during your main event. The fans in attendance also let the WWE how they felt by chanting “Daniel Bryan!” during the match. The result was the Pay-Per-View ended almost 15 minutes early to put the thing to a merciful end.
The Punk/Bryan tag match should have been the main event, even though it felt more like a main event on Raw. The WWE has been focusing lately on higher quality Raw matches, at the expense of their PPVs. There’s also been a confusing use of their talent. Why hasn’t Dolph Ziggler or Damien Sandow been on the last three PPV’s when they’re in the Top 10 of roster talent? Why didn’t they just add three guys to Punk & Bryan, three guys to Harper & Rowan, and have another Survivor Series match?
Monday night’s Raw brought things into a little sharper focus where they’re going. They’ve already set up WWE champion Randy Orton vs. World Heavyweight champion John Cena in a champion vs. champion tables/ladders/chairs match at their next Pay-Per-View. One man has the possibility of leaving with both titles, which could open up some interesting possibilities. Then again, they could have made the vacant WWE title interesting a couple months ago and dropped the ball. The more likely endgame is to merge the titles so there will be on undisputed champion.